Craig Biggio arrived at Seton Hall University to play baseball, as a middle infielder. Surrounded by talent in would be major leaguers Mo Vaughn and John Valentin, who would have thought Biggio would be the best of the bunch? Nearly 30 years later, Biggio is the one entering the Hall of Fame.
A lifetime Houston Astro, Biggio spent 20 years with the franchise en route to joining the 3,000 hit club with 3,060 hits. Biggio spent most of his career at second base but did spend a few seasons in center field and left field. Of his 3,060 hits, Biggio accounted for 291 home runs and 668 doubles. He also was a speedster swiping 414 bases. A career .281 hitter, Biggio excelled in all facets of the game collecting 4 Gold Glove Awards, 5 Silver Slugger Awards, and was a 7 time All-Star. His best year came in 1998 when he hit .325 with 51 doubles, 20 home runs, 50 stolen bases, 88 runs batted in, and scoring 123 runs. Biggio was a huge part of an era in the Houston Astros when he Lance Berkman, Jeff Bagwell, and Roy Oswalt had the Astros contending in the playoffs year in and year out.
While having been inducted into the Hall of Fame, he previously had his number 7 jersey retired by the Houston Astros in 2008. Biggio was joined by Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, and John Smoltz in being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame Sunday.